President Trump early Wednesday declared victory in the presidential race against Democratic nominee Joe Biden even as millions of votes were still being counted across multiple states.
“I want to thank the American people for their tremendous support. Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight and a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people and we will not stand for it,” Trump said. “We won’t stand for it.”
Trump asserted that he had won states like Georgia, North Carolina, and Michigan despite there still being tens of thousands of ballots still outstanding.
Analysts claim Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden may still overtake Trump on the strength of mail-in ballots that are still being counted in Michigan and Wisconsin.
Trump added that he predicted a legal battle, and said he has “been saying this since the day I heard there would be tens of millions of ballots sent.”
President Trump said he would be going to the Supreme Court in an attempt to stop ballot counting.
“This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment on our country,” Trump said, referring to the votes not being called in key states.
“We were getting ready to win the election, frankly, we did win this election,” Trump said, adding that he wanted to “ensure the integrity” of the vote, and ensure the law is “used in a proper manner.”
“We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court,” Trump said. “We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4:00 in the morning and add them to the list.”
He added: “It’s a very sad moment. To me, this is a very sad moment, and we will win this.”
“As far as I’m concerned, we already have won it,” Trump said.
The president’s comments were met with condemnation from bi-partisan lawmakers and conservative pundits.
“This was not the time to make this argument,” former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on ABC. “I think it’s a bad strategic decision, I think it’s a bad political decision.”
“I was very distressed by what I just heard the president say,” said former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.).
WIBC host Tony Katz responded to President Trump’s comments in today’s Popcorn Moment. Click below to listen.